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Los Angeles Rams overcome Matthew Stafford’s three picks to secure playoff berth with victory



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“To be able to get into the playoffs, it’s something you never take for granted.”

With the win, the Rams improve to 11-4 and move into first place in the NFC West over the 10-5 Arizona Cardinals with two games remaining in the regular season. “Then we’ve had some adversity in some games as well. Today was adverse as we could make it.”

In the win over the Vikings, Stafford completed 21 of 37 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions. “Three turnovers is going to hurt us in a lot of games, so it’s nice to come out with a win, no doubt about that. But I can play better. We can play better.”

Behind an offensive line that had to adjust without Whitworth and lost center Brian Allen in the second quarter to a knee injury, running back Sony Michel produced his second 100-rushing yard performance of the season as he ran for 131 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries, and Kupp continued his NFL Offensive Player of the Year-worthy season with his 11th straight game of producing more than 90 receiving yards. “A game like today, a lot of my responsibility was helping out in the run game and be able to get hands on defensive ends and work my way to linebackers … my job is to execute whatever is asked of me.”

The defense held the Vikings to 2-for-12 on third down, as quarterback Kirk Cousins went 27-for-38 with a touchdown and interception, which was snagged off a tipped pass in the end zone by backup linebacker Travin Howard on the same series he entered the game due to an ankle injury suffered by starter Ernest Jones.

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